Review: MAIZE (PlayStation 4)

MAIZE is what happens when two scientists misinterpret a memo from the U.S. Government and end up creating, uh, sentient corn. And did we mention the angry condescending Russian robotic teddy bear or the unhinged albino corn stalk with an underbite? It’s a lot to take in.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 4.17GB Download size.
  • Invert axis option.
  • Sensitivity slider.
  • Chapter select.
  • First person explore em up and solve puzzles gameplay.
  • Collect items to find out more about the story.
  • Puzzle heavy gameplay as solving puzzles not only advances the story but also opens up the game world.
  • Plays very much like a point and clicker.
  • Sign posts aid exploration and navigation.
  • Items can also carry clues on them on what to do.
  • Fascinating to watch the world unfold.
  • Unnerving soundtrack.
  • Atmosphere inflicts feeling of being isolated and never knowing what is happening or indeed coming.
  • Has a dark humour to it.

Cons:

  • Hardly any explanation of what to d, Where to go etc.
  • Little guidance throughout.
  • A lot of walking and back tracking.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

MAIZE is a great game beneath it all. The language and humour used is a lot darker than you may be used to but it really adds to the atmosphere. The pointer is small but it does have you checking every part of every room for that valuable clue. Solving the puzzles is rewarding and the game world is one you can easily get lost in.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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